Category: Bits & Pieces

Royal finances, spending and criticism Photo: Pixabay
Bits & Pieces, Miscellaneous

Royal finances, spending and criticism

Let’s face it: royals are not celebrities, although sometimes you really wonder nowadays. Royals mix with celebrities, and have already done so for years. Where celebrities can spend the money they earned as it pleases them, royals have to be much more careful. Already for centuries royal houses have been financed by the state. In […]

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Meghan’s colleagues – American royalty photo: Pixabay
Bits & Pieces, Miscellaneous

Meghan’s colleagues – American royalty

The American actress Meghan Markle was not the first woman or man from the USA to marry into nobility or royalty. Already in the late 18th century the first American women married into noble families, and this continued all through the 19th century until today. According to Crowning Glory the American invasion in the British […]

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King’s Day – Shop Window Competition in Groningen Greving & Greving Optiek
Bits & Pieces, News

King’s Day – Shop Window Competition in Groningen

In the past years I almost had to search for some King’s Day related shop windows. This year, not unexpectedly, the city of Groningen has already turned into festive mood. Of course King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima and their family are coming to celebrate the day in Groningen. The business association Groningen City Club holds […]

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Fashion, Bumps – What Royalty-Watchers Don’t Like to Read Photo (hand out) by Chris Jackson/Getty Images for St James's Palace June 2011.
Bits & Pieces, Miscellaneous

Fashion, Bumps – What Royalty-Watchers Don’t Like to Read

Of course I don’t expect the media to put everything online. But there are articles online about royals that you really wonder about: why have they been published at all. British media for example can go nuts when it is about writing about royalty, especially their own. I am certain many of the articles we […]

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Catherine vs. Meghan – Whom to Like? Photo by Kaz at Pixabay
Bits & Pieces, Miscellaneous

Catherine vs. Meghan – Whom to Like?

Yesterday, when I was in The Hague I followed a discussion on Twitter on my phone, that somewhat surprised me. Longtime fans of Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge, seem to have turned to Meghan Markle, and it clearly is hardly allowed to like both of them. It shouldn’t really have surprised me. In the early […]

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Unavoidable – Royal Fashion
Bits & Pieces, Miscellaneous

Unavoidable – Royal Fashion

Royal Fashion – a topic you can almost not avoid anymore nowadays. In the past few years the blogs about the clothes of princesses and queens have popped up, and regularly you’ll find hot discussions on Twitter about designers and other fashionable themes. When I started writing about royals more than 15 years ago, you’d […]

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Sophie about her Passion for Princess Diana
Bits & Pieces, Miscellaneous

Sophie about her Passion for Princess Diana

Many royalty watchers have their favourite royal(s). Last week I interviewed 33-year-old Sophie from Belgium, who has been a big fan of Diana, Princess of Wales, already for many years. Many Dutch royalty fans might know her as the owner of the All Things Royal forum, the best forum for discussing royals – not only […]

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